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Has Mars found a way around cocoa bean fermentation?

Scenes of the past? Mars claims it has eradicated need for cocoa bean fermentation. Photo credit: Susitainable Cocoa Initiative

Mars has filed a patent for a method to process unfermented cocoa beans that it claims would maintain the final chocolate taste and allow for a more consistent flavor.

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Kids exposed to cadmium in dark chocolate - but they'd have to eat a lot to exceed health limits

A study says regular dark chocolate consumption raises children's exposure to cadmium but they would have to eat over 100 regular sized bars a month to exceed health guidelines.

Wild taps spirulina for natural colors range

Wild Flavors has developed a natural color series that includes a blue derived from microalgae spirulina, giving confectioners a natural option for fruit flavors like blueberry.

DISPATCHES FROM GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY, MADRID

Ferrero: Local food safety knowledge needed as business expands

Local contacts are vital for food safety when expanding into new markets, according to Ferrero.

Eating can be addictive - but sugar and fat are not like drugs: Review

People can become addicted to the process of eating but not to consuming specific foods like those high in sugar or fat, according to research.

Global Industry News

Better regulation shouldn’t mean ‘one-sided reduction’ for businesses, BEUC warns new Commission from FoodNavigator.com

The new European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ mission must keep consumer welfare in mind and not translate to a “one-sided reduction” for businesses, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has warned.

Calorie counting is a declining trend

Ditching the ‘diet’: Americans want to shed pounds, but they're tiring of traditional weight loss regimes, says Packaged Facts from FoodNavigator-USA.com

While 28% (66 million) of American adults are trying to lose weight, and a further 14% (32 million) are trying to maintain their weight, they are losing interest in strict diet plans, calorie-counting and ‘diet’ foods, says a new report from Packaged Facts.

Strauss: ‘We don’t have to reinvent the wheel but sometimes we have to think about things differently’ from FoodProductionDaily.com

Putting salad into expensive-looking glass jars, combining IML (In-Mould Labeling) and injection molding techniques and offering customers personalised gifts of honey to celebrate Rosh Hashanah the Hebrew New Year, are just some of the ways Strauss is thinking outside of the box to secure brand loyalty.

Eating habits and body fat related to differences in brain chemistry from FoodNavigator.com

Individual differences in the chemistry of our brains in may play a governing role in eating behaviours and could be related to the risk of obesity, say researchers.

Spotlight

Cocoa child slavery case against Nestlé, ADM and Cargill proceeds

Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can’t escape liability for cocoa child slavery, rules court

A US appeal court has ruled that Nestlé, ADM and Cargill can be held to account for...

UAE chocolate market growth prospects

UAE set for torrent of new entrants as chocolate market excels

The United Arab Emirates chocolate market is one of the fastest growing chocolate markets across the globe...

Hershey and Cargill Ivory coast cocoa program

Hershey and Cargill team up on Ivorian cocoa program

Hershey has partnered with its supplier Cargill to bring its cocoa sustainability program to the Côte d’Ivoire,...

Got Milk lawsuit against Bridge Brands Chocolate

‘Got Milk’ owner sues Bridge Brands Chocolate in trademark spat

The California Milk Processor Board has accused confectioner Bridge Brands Chocolate of unlawfully using and sub-licensing its...

Strauss settles Cadbury Israel lawsuit with Carmit Candy

Strauss pays $2.5m to settle Cadbury Israel lawsuit

The Strauss Group has reached a NIS 9m ($2.5m) out-of-court settlement with Cadbury distributor Carmit Candy, bringing...

Russia bans Ukraine candy

Russia bans Ukraine confectionery imports

Russian authorities have imposed an import ban on confectionery produced in Ukraine.

Nestlé Confectionery expands in Singapore

Nestlé enters traditional trade channels in Singapore with DKSH

Nestlé has extended its partnership with expansion services firm DKSH to bring confectionery brands such as Kit...

Analysts reactions to Cargill's ADM chocolate buy
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‘Then there were two’: Cargill takes risk by entering industrial chocolate ‘duopoly’

Cargill joins Barry Callebaut as the joint industrial chocolate powerhouse after its acquisition of ADM’s chocolate operations,...

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